Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. ~Viktor Frankl
Critical thinking means staying objective and thinking critically, a skill that does not come easily (see part 1). So it stands to reason that when we are in a haunted state, this skill becomes even more difficult. Simply because we are distracted.
What is a haunted state? You wonder. The haunted state I referred to includes, but not limited to, the following: when we are sick, hungry, angry, lonely, or tired (think the acronym SHALT).
A haunted state puts our body and mind off-balance and makes the process of critical thinking practically impossible (hence the suggestion of don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach).
That is unless you are highly trained in mindful practices and able to detach yourself from the distracted mind & body like Viktor Frankl (a Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search for Meaning). Then critical thinking would be achievable.
Any recommendations for maintaining or practicing critical thinking in spite of a haunted state?